Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December IWSG: Difficult Decision

I've been blogging since 2010. Not as long as some of you, but I've put in three great years. When I first began my blogging endeavor, I had the sole purpose of promoting my writing. The results haven't been exactly what I'd expected. To my knowledge, I only sold two books to fellow bloggers (and to you both, I give you my heart <3).

My blogging endeavor morphed into a way of connecting with like-minded, writerly folk. I've met some fabulous people via blogging, and for that, I'm eternally grateful. But lately, trying to keep up with all the social media, writing, family, trying to run my own yoga business, and life in general, I feel like this...

I realized, something has to give. I have to keep in mind why I began blogging in the first place. My writing. 

I applaud those of you who have the ability to do it all. Y'all rock.

After realizing blogging (at this point in the game) isn't selling my writing, but keeping me in contact with other writers, I've come to the difficult decision to cut back. Way back. 

I need to spend more time writing. In the end, I don't want to go out as a blogger. I want to go out as a novelist or a picture book author. Big dreams, I know. But if I don't honor my dreams, no one will do it for me.

I've decided to only post once a month. I know some of you will scoff. Others will think I'm making a mistake. But I hope most of you will understand. To make the most out of my blogging endeavor, which is now solely for the purpose of connecting, I'll only post the 1st Wednesday of the month, in conjunction with IWSG. My goal is to visit as many blogs then, as possible. 

For those of you who are not familiar with the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG), please visit the link and discover a fabulous group of supportive people. I cannot say enough about them! Check out the IWSG Facebook Page, too.

This isn't the end. It's merely a new beginning.

Hugs & Write On, Y'all~

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Outcome of a Writer Retreat

I only had one regret, I didn't stay longer.

I spent some time reflecting. 
Even though I went with four fellow writers, it was a productive and solitary experience.

Quick walks to stretch the legs near the lake were tiny rewards 
of the weekend.
I managed to whip out twenty PiBoIdMo ideas and 7k on my new YA wip. Just the mere fact I didn't have to worry about cooking dinner or sweeping the floors was a blessing. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. 

There you have it. Are writer retreats necessary? No. Worthwhile? Yes. Well, I guess that would depend on what you put into them. ;)

Write on, folks~

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Writer Retreats: Do You Need Them?

Do you need to attend a writer's retreat in order to produce a publishable book? 


Even Stephen King says those who attend writing classes, courses, and retreats are, "... all too often, looking for a magic bullet or a secret ingredient or possibly Dumbo's magic feather, none of which can be found in classrooms or at writing retreats..."

But are they a fabulous time to fuel your inspiration and creativity? 

Heck yeah.

If you read on in King's ON WRITING, he also adds, they do "...offer at least one undeniable benefit: in them, the desire to write fiction or poetry is take seriously... It is entirely permissible to spend large chunks of your time off in your own little dreamworld."

For me, a writer's retreat is not about the place, it's about the time spent writing. You don't have to spend buckoos of bucks on a writing getaway either.

I mean, just look at George Bernard Shaw's rotating writing hut. Key word: hut.

Shaw designed the hut to rotate to follow the sunshine, because for him, writing in the sunshine was his own little dreamworld.

Let's go back to King's idea of writing retreats allow writers to spend large amounts of time writing, which is a biggie for most modern day writers. 

We're busy people! Most of us don't have the luxury of spending all day at the computer. We've got kids, families, pets, housework, meal preps, day jobs, errands, and yes, time for sleep and a decent shower.

Writing retreats, no matter how long, allow us time to write. 

They give us permission to spend time with our stories, getting to know our characters, with ourselves, and occasionally with other writerly folk.

This weekend, I'm heading to east Texas with five other writers for a writer getaway. I'm quite certain my room will not rotate with the sun, but who's complaining? 

Next week, I'll post part two of Writer Retreats.

Write on, folks~

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November IWSG: A Best Selling Dose of Inspiration

Two weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of shaking hands and meeting one of the bestselling children's series authors of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, R. L. Stine. Isn't he adorable?
R. L. Stine and little ole me
At the Texas Book Festival, Liz Mertz, Molly Blaisdell, and I spent the entire day in a book-filled dreamland. At least that's what it felt like. Authors, publishers, booksellers, and book lovers from all over, gathered on the grounds of the Texas Capital to celebrate one thing. BOOKS. 
Liz Mertz, Molly Blaisdell, and I in the House Chamber
At dusk, we ventured over to the Texas State Cemetery for Ghosts in the Graveyard with R. L. Stine and James Preller, who read ghost stories to a horde of fans spread out on the cemetery lawn. James Preller's blog post about the event was recently picked up by the Huffington Post. I'm not sure either of the two authors were prepared for the Texas-sized crowd O_O! When the book signing began, I recall hearing R. L. saying, "I guess they don't do lines in Texas." As a witness, I'd say his comment was an understatement. 

James Preller signing my book
A nod from Mr. Preller, whom I'd met earlier, directed me behind the table for a quick signing of my book. It pays to have connections, no matter how small. 

Before the event, I'd been suffering from one of those pesky, what-the-heck-am-I-doing, writerly syndromes. You know the kind, right? But as each moment passed throughout the day, I felt the inspiration trickling in. Before I knew it, good ole creative juice pumped through my veins once again. 

If any of you IWSG'ers out there are struggling, find a book event, a conference, or a book signing and attend. I promise you won't walk away empty-hearted. Sometimes we need an extra boost to kick us into gear.

The Insecure Writers Support Group meets the first Wednesday of the month. It's where writers around the world can express their fears, insecurities, or offer support and encouragement to others. Founded by Author Alex Cavanaugh, the IWSG is a phenomenal group of writers. A HUGE thanks goes out to November's co-hosts: CD CoffeltTina DowneyIsis Rushdan, and Michelle Wallace

And now, back to my UnRaNoWriMo... Write on, folks~

Thursday, October 31, 2013

UnRaNoWriMo... Anyone? (For Those of Us Not Doing NaNoWriMo)

Hey writer peeps! Up for a non-challenge, just-write writing month? Join me for Under the Radar Novel Writing Month! Under the radar, because there's no sign-up or registration, but I'll be writing my butt off, alongside NaNo'ers all over the world. Except with UnRaNoWriMo there's...

No goals. No limits. No word count hurdles to jump. No clock-watching. Just me and my story. Sounds swell, doesn't it? Wanna join me?

You don't even have to keep your butt in the chair. All you have to do is write. Every day. On something. Anywhere. Notebook, computer, restaurant napkins. Car line, front porch, a quiet nook in the woods. You name it.

Why? you may be asking. Well, I've written two novels during a NaNo challenge, and they're both sooooo hairy-scary, I'm afraid to get tangled up in their ugly mess. So I've done what any frustrated writer does and ignored them.

During my self-proclaimed UnRaNoWriMo, I'm going to just write. Every day. For however long / short I desire. I want to love the project at the end of November, not fear it. I want something I can handle when it comes time for revisions. I don't want to end up with a blah, blah, blah, just-get-er-done disaster like I have in the past two years. 

Don't get me wrong, I admire all the NaNo'ers out there! You go, writers!

It's just not my cup of tea. Or coffee.

Another reason for not participating in the NaNo challenge is I'm beginning with 7k words already. When I started this project a week ago, I promised myself not to put it down until I finished. I also made a deal not to put any pressure on myself about daily word counts or hours in the chair. My only goal is to spend some time on it, every day.

Anyone else up for a non-challenge, just-write month?

Made a little badge thingy, feel free to snag it & join me. I'd love to have some company! If you'd like some support or need a pal to write with, email me

I'll also be doing PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), where I'll come up with 30 picture book ideas. On the radar, of course. Interested? Click on the badge to the right, and it'll take you to Tara Lazar's blog to register.

Write on, folks~

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

From the Great Beyond Blog Hop

In honor of Halloween, authors; Angela BrownRoland YeomansGwen Gardner, & Tara Tyler are hosting From the Great Beyond Blog Hop! So, everyone join hands, let's contact the dead...

A lover of all things horror, I'm not spooked by ghosts, goblins, and such, but the unknowns and what-ifs send shivers up and down my spine. I've always been fascinated by the concept of the movie, The Birds. Gah! Who wouldn't be creeped out by killer flocks of birds, pecking you slowly to death?

Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE (1907 - 1989) was an English author and playwright, and she wrote the short story "The Birds" which later was adapted into the film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Author du Maurier passed away at the age of 81 in 1989.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
I knew I wanted to contact du Maurier for the Great Beyond Blog Hop's séance. However, my original question to her, how did you come up with such the horrific concept for "The Birds" led me to a bigger, OH MY! question.

It seems author Frank Baker believed that du Maurier had plagiarized his novel The Birds (1936) in her short story, "The Birds" (1952). Du Maurier worked as a reader for Baker's publisher when Baker submitted the manuscript. When the movie The Birds was released in 1963, Baker considered pursuing costly litigation against Universal Studios, but never followed through with it.

I discovered not one, but three allegations of plagiarism throughout du Maurier's writing career. O_O

Not to stir up any angry spirits from the great beyond, but what if she did plagiarize? I'd like to think she didn't and go on believing du Maurier wrote one of the most frightening pieces of fiction (in my opinion).

And yet, I wonder...

Don't forget to stop by the other participant's blogs and have a peek at who'd they'd like to contact from the Great Beyond... You can find the list of participants on Gwen's, Roland's, Angela's, or Tara's blogs above.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Rules of Writing are Killing My Mojo

I'm a big-time rule follower. This is an issue for me as a writer. A big-time issue. Attending cons, workshops, writing group meetings, reading how-to craft books, getting sage advice from writerly folks, and taking in all the rules of writing have clogged my creativity. 

I've become so rigid in following all the rules, my fiction is in deep doo-doo. 

I spend more time making sure my writing is free from: 

-dangling participles
-passive language
-too many adjectives
-grammar mistakes
-too much backstory
-beginning w/ dream scenes
-flat characters
-boring beginnings
-unrealistic dialogue
-reallys & verys & thats
-tense changes
-POV changes
-weak & whiny MCs
-and gosh forbid, more telling than showing...

That my writing sucks! I'm so busy critiquing while I write, I can't get a darn thing, worth a toot, down on paper.

I've snuffed out my own creative spark!

I recently got a critique back commending me on the ms being free of was / were and passive language. Problem is, the ms lacks luster. In simple terms, it stinks.

What's a writer to do? Learn when and when not to break / bend the rules. Easier said than done for this rule follower.

I like what Rachelle Gardner says, "Rules are just tools." 

I made the decision this morning to try and follow Rachelle's advice from now on. 

Once, back before I became such a big-time rules of writing follower, I wrote straight from my heart, listened to my creativity. I know I can be that kind of writer again.

What are your thoughts? Are you a rigid writing rule follower? If so, do you let it affect your creativity?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

SCBWI Announces SPARK Award: Writerly Wednesday

This is big news, folks. Really big. 

Recently, SCBWI announced the SPARK award for non-traditionally published children's books. Can I get a, heck yeah! in the comments?

You can read more about it HERE. There are some rules, yes, but imagine the possibilities. :)

So, come on all of you, PB, MG, & YA writers out there who've taken on the brave feat of self-publishing, and go for it!

Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.
~ Robert Collier

Write on, folks~

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

R.L. Stine, James Preller, & a Cemetery Lit Crawl... I'm So There

I'm not one for huge crowds. I usually avoid them at all costs. But for this event, I'm willing to make an exception. 

On October 26-27, the Texas Book Festival will be in Austin. It's the country's 5th largest book festival, and what's even better, it's free. 

When I discovered one of my favs, Children's Horror Author, R.L. Stine would be there @ 1:00 p.m., I cleared my calendar. 
Buy on Amazon

As if this wasn't already going to make my year...

I found out R.L. Stine, along with author James Preller would be leading a Lit Crawl at the Texas State Cemetery. 

Whoa! Can I just say, I think I've died and gone to creepy Candilynn Heaven? 

I'm so there, dude & dudettes. So there.

Anyone near Austin want to join me for the Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26th?

~Write on, folks!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: I'm a Writer, Hear Me Roar & IWSG

Last week I talked about writers being some of the bravest people I know. This week, in honor of IWSG, I want to talk about courage. The courage to stand up and say, I'm a writer. If you haven't declared it yet, do it. Now. There's no time like the present.

Straightforward answers are affirmations. When we say it out loud, all of a sudden it takes on a new meaning. It becomes real. Concrete. I'm a writer. I'm working on such & such, and I plan on submitting it to so & so when I'm finished.

Find the courage. Harness it. Express it.

Say it. Feel it. Be it.

I'm a writer.

Every time I hear Katy Perri's song, Roar, I'm empowered by the message in the chorus. 

I got the eye of the tiger, fighter, dancing through the fire. Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar.

The Insecure Writers Support Group is a fabulous group of writers, worldwide, who come together on the 1st Wednesday of the month to offer support. It's our cyber home away from home. Alex Cavanaugh founded the group two years ago, and it has grown into a phenomenal entity. This month's co-hosts are Julie LuekRachna ChabriaBeverly Fox, and Ilima Todd. Pay them a visit and express your thanks. :)

This is an exciting time for the IWSGers. Thanks to Alex and some wonderful bloggers, we now have a cyber home! Introducing The Insecure Writers Support Group Website!! Its main goal will be to offer information and support about writing, publishing, marketing, and so much more!

And yippee! We now have a Facebook Group!!

 Don't forget to swing by and sign up to follow! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Writers are the Bravest of All

We write the story we're meant to tell, putting our hearts into each word, sentence, paragraph, and page. We sacrifice our time, skip meals, ignore the phone, and the door. We shed blood, sweat, and lots of tears. We bear our souls. We kill our darlings. And when we get kicked down, we get right back up and dust off. We do all this in fear of failure. 


Because that's what writers do. We are word warriors. Go ahead, turn to the mirror and ask: 

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the bravest of them all?"

The answer will be loud and clear: Writers

In our profession, rejection is so plentiful. It lurks behind every corner. And still, we plod on, time and time again.

No matter where you are in your writing career, take note, you are brave. The bravest of them all.

As Sara Bareilles says, "Say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave."

~Be the brave and mighty writers you were meant to be~

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: Heading to My Writer's Cave

For the next couple of weeks, while I'm working on some writing and editing, I'll be cutting back here on the blog. So my posts will be short & sweet. Enjoy Debbie Ridpath Ohi's newest Will Write For Chocolate comic.

Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at

Boy, wouldn't that be nice?

Have a writerly week, y'all!

Friday, September 20, 2013

5 Reasons Why Writers Should Keep Story Notebooks

It's Fun Fictional Friday, folks!

1. Ideas do not follow your time schedule:

Writers' minds are in constant motion. So what happens when your next big story idea arrives while you're grocery shopping? Driving a golf cart on the greens? Or how about when a new plot twist idea arises when you're driving your kids to school? 

You guessed it. Keep a notebook. 

If your ideas are anything like mine, they don't wait until it's convenient for you. More than 90% of my ideas come when I'm not sitting by the computer. They can be impatient little boogers. Jumping around in front of my face, blocking my view, screaming, "Hey, lady!" Other times, they're explosive fireworks, bursting in a rainbow of colors before my eyes. If I don't write them down within a few minutes, they fizzle out and disappear.

2. Writers are creative people:

We need to have creative outlets even when we're not writing. Or at least I do. A story notebook can be as creative as you'd like.

I prefer to keep a notebook for each of my stories. 

As you can see above, I like Mead composition books (wide ruled) the best. If I'm feeling rather crafty, I may decorate the covers as well.

Author Jeff Abbott shares how he keeps novel notebooks. His choice of notebook is pricey, but using a simple 3-ring binder will do the trick. His opinion is 3-rings are bulky, but I like the idea. Scroll down on his post to see what he includes in his notebooks. Genius.

Here's a neat blog all about notebooks. The author of the blog, "Nifty" claims to be addicted to notebooks. I have to admit, I'm sort of obsessed with notebooks myself. 

When I see a blank notebook, my first thought is, story.

3. Writers need a place to collect their thoughts:

Trust me, our heads are not safe storage units.

What do I keep in my story notebooks? Well, I'm glad you asked.

  • Seedling story ideas
  • Plot notes
  • Character notes / analysis
  • Character name ideas
  • Setting notes
  • Sketches
  • Images (cut out or printed off computer)
  • Quotes or inspiring passages
  • Music play list (depending on genre. I normally don't have play lists for my PBs.)
  • Letters written to my characters
  • Scene ideas
  • Dialogue 
  • Plot diagrams
  • Newspaper or magazine articles
I carry my current WIP notebook everywhere I go. When an idea arises or if I hear a particular interesting piece of dialogue while eavesdropping, I can jot it down. 

Of course, there are times when I forget my notebook, and I grab anything available, including an envelope from the day's mail. Whenever the idea arises, it must be written down. Just don't forget to put the notes inside the notebook later.

4. Writers need mental bookmarks:

If you're a busy writer with tons of story ideas swirling around, notebooks are an excellent way to keep up with them. Each story notebook can act as a mental bookmark. If you need to put a particular project on hold, your notes / ideas will be waiting, bound or spiraled, when you return.

5. Because when you publish that book, you'll want to share your story notebook with your fans. They'll want to hear all about it.

Tell me writers, do you use story notebooks? If so, have a particular favorite kind? 

Happy writing, y'all~

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: Author Alex J. Cavanaugh Takes the World by Storm

Hang on to your spacesuits, my friends! A storm is sweeping across the galaxy!

Join me in celebrating with author Alex J. Cavanaugh as he takes the world by storm with CASSASTORM, his third book in one of Amazon's best-selling series.

By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

"Cavanaugh makes world building on the galactic scale look easy. The stakes affect the entire known universe and yet Cavanaugh makes it intensely personal for our hero. The final installment of this series will break your heart and put it back together."
- Charity Bradford, science fantasy author of The Magic Wakes

“With a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.” 
- Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover mysteries

“…the racial conflicts propelled much of the plot in this story, driving home a message that's relevant to our own world and giving the book an interesting texture.” 
- C. Lee. McKenzie, author of Alligators Overhead

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm:

Alex J. Cavanaugh


Who's the man behind the books?

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and work in web design and graphics. I minored in music and play several instruments, including guitar. I'm experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, my interests range from books and movies to music and games. I'm the founder of the Insecure Writer's Support Group and a co-host of the A to Z Challenge from 2011-2013. My first book, CassaStar, was released on October 19, 2010, and the sequel, CassaFire, was released February 28, 2012. Both books are Amazon Best Sellers. The third in the series, CassaStorm, was just released! I live in the Carolinas with my wife.

Don't miss out on the storm, get the entire trilogy today! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: Texas Word Wrangler Festival

This Friday from 9:00 - 5:00, I'll be participating, along with 19 fellow TX authors in the 8th annual Texas Word Wrangler Festival in Giddings, Texas. 

The Texas Word Wrangler event is an opportunity for the community to come out and meet local Texas authors, purchase books, and learn about their writing craft. The event is put on by the Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center and the Giddings Chamber of Commerce.

This will be my first official book signing for LITTLE ACORN'S BIG FALL. I'm super excited about the event, but most of all, I can't wait to get out, meet the community, and have the pleasure of visiting with the children.

KTEX 106.1 FM, a local radio station interviewed me this morning about the event and LITTLE ACORN'S BIG FALL. I've added a link to the interview below. I tried to embed it into this post, but sigh, I'm a writer, not a tech queen. Listening to myself, it is obvious I enjoy using the word, actually. Let's hope it doesn't show up in my writing, too. O_O

If you live in the area, come on out to the Giddings Public Library and visit with some great writerly folk on Friday!

*I've uploaded the mp3 file to Google Sites, but I think you have to have some kind of media player to listen.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fun Fictional Friday: Books (When It's Done) Parody

It's Friday, folks! Popping in to post an adorable parody about books, performed by author Sue Fliess. I couldn't resist! 

Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend. :D

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September IWSG: Do You Thumbtwiddle Between Projects?

Happy IWSG post day, folks! It's also the 2nd Anniversary of the group. Wow! I also hear there's big news over at Alex Cavanaugh's blog. Don't miss our great founder and Ninja Alex's big announcement.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group meets globally online on the first Wednesday of the month. It's a day where we can release our fears of writing or offer support to those in need. You can join up at any time by clicking on this link. This month's co-hosts are Chemist KenS.L. HennesseyMichelle Wallace, and Jolene Butler. A big shout-out to all of you for helping Alex this month!

I'm not feeling the insecurity this month. So, I'm offering up support. If you need it, grab some!! It's here, free for the taking. Need a shoulder to cry on? Ears to gripe at? Email me: Anytime. xoxoxo

If you're wondering about the title of this post, well, I'm in between projects. Sort of. I'm waiting to hear back on some feedback, and I finished a first draft of yet another project. So now what? Do I twiddle my thumbs? 

Thumbtwiddling: To interlace the fingers and roll the thumbs in a circular motion, aka, twiddling. An action most performed by those who are bored. A complete waste of time.

Heck no! 

For me, in between projects is a good time to get busy.

I'm lusting over another story idea. I use the word lust, because that's the sort of crazed, I've-got-to-write-it drive I experience when researching a new premise. Surfing the Internet, reading articles, books, and just about anything I can get my eyes on relating to the subject. It's as if I can't get enough. Sort of like me with Blue Bell Buttered Pecan ice cream. 

How about you? Do you get lost or bored between projects? Are you a thumbtwiddler? What are your favorite sources for researching a new project?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fun Fictional Friday: Spotlighting Author, Connie Peck, her book THE BLACK PONY, and Girls & Horses

I'm excited to introduce you to my friend, fellow SCBWI member, and author, Connie Peck!

Connie's been writing stories since she was a child, and recently, she's published her first novel. THE BLACK PONY. It's the first book in a series called the Black Pony Adventures. 

Midnight is a highly skilled playday pony who specializes in the training of young riders. He thinks quite highly of himself and is offended at being left behind by his riders who favor their larger and faster horses. He escapes, but his adventures turn out to be deadly. He has wandered into an alfalfa field and has contracted a case of colic. Without intervention he will die.

When Annie finds Midnight the magic happens. Annie draws from the horsemanship lessons she remembers from her beloved grandfather to nurse the pony back to health and in return she discovers that she not only has 'the touch' but she has a telepathic connection with Midnight. Come ride with Annie and Midnight in their adventures.

Please visit Connie's website and blog. Give her a follow. If you have anyone in your family who adores horses, consider gifting them the story of Midnight and Annie. It's available in print and on Kindle. Also Connie's running a cool illustration contest for her books!

And Midnight's tail doesn't end there! The Black Pony Adventures continue in a second and third book.

Congratulations, Connie!

There's something about the bond between a girl and her horse. My daughter had the pleasure of spending most of her childhood with Jacky Bar Blue. Jessica lost her mare last fall. Jacky was 37 and lived a long, happy life. She definitely left hoof prints on my daughter's heart.

My daughter Jessica and her mare, Jacky Bar Blue

I think Templeton Thompson and her song Girls & Horses
says it all...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: Yeah, I know it's only Tuesday

However, I've got a full day tomorrow. Headed to monthly SCBWI meet-up. It's my favorite day of the month! Lots of fellowship with writerly folk. Tomorrow we're having Picture Book Potpourri. Yay! A mash-up of everything picture booky. 

I decided to post my Writerly Wed. post early. :)

One of the best things about writing and hanging out with other writers is helping them announce their exciting news. Two of the blogosphere's sweetest gals, Angela Brown and Gwen Gardner are revealing their newest covers today, and I get to announce it!! I had the pleasure of reading the first books by each of these two, and they were awesome!

Angela and Gwen make up P.I.P. aka Partners in ParanormYA. Give them a follow. :)

I'm so excited; I don't know which one to post first. Okay, flipping penny... heads - Angela, tails - Gwen... and we've got a tails!

First, Gwen's fun YA mystery...

An Angel Among Us

Paranormal happenings at the Eady household are the norm. Recently, things have become downright peculiar. Childish giggles at odd hours of the night lead Indigo Eady to her little cousin, Bryan, a guileless cherub spirit, complete with Spider Man pajamas and a set of faux angel wings. The problem is that Bryan died nearly three years ago in a hit and run that killed him and his mum. The driver was never found.  Now the gang must solve the mystery of his death in order to send him back to heaven.  But where to start when the trail is three years cold?
Indigo Eady

Indigo Eady is not clumsy. At least, that’s what she keeps telling everyone. Can she help that the overactive spirit community of Sabrina Shores causes her psychic abilities to short-circuit? It’s unfortunate that her cute friend Badger is often on the receiving end of her mishaps. At times, she is positively hazardous to his health. Even so, sparks fly in more than one direction.

Then we have Angela's sizzling YA...

Abby and Basil: New love reaches new heights as they finally give in to their lust and desire for each other.
Q: Consumed by the Devourer within and his base need to claim Abby as his own.

The crave: What it all boils down to. A crave for souls. A crave to keep love intact beyond betrayals. A crave for a second chance. A crave for power and The Fall of mankind.

“Love can conquer all” is put to the test and salvation may be impossible when it’s “ashes, ashes…they all fall down.”

Your covers look fabulous ladies! Congrats!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

August #WipMadness Week Four: Today is Where Your Book Begins

It is. Really. Keep reading. :)

Good morning, lovely people! Can you believe it's the end of August? Where did the month go? I've enjoyed hosting #WipMadness this month and talking about nurturing our creativity.

*Don't forget to check in on Twitter with the #WipMadness hashtag to find out who the September host will be. :D

I don't know about y'all, but after August, I'm calm, focused, balanced, and refreshed. I've pampered my writer's soul in ways I've always dreamed of, this month. I hope you feel some sense of balance and rejuvenation as well.

There's only one thing to do from this point on. It's the heart of what we are as writers. It's what we do. It's the physical act of what #WipMadness is all about. 

It's time to get busy, folks! There's no time like the present. Our stories won't write themselves. Pull a chair up to the computer. Break out a notebook. Sit in your big comfy chair with your laptop. All you have to do is write. Fill the blank page before you. And as Natasha Bedingfield so wisely sings, "Today is where your book begins." 

I'm so thrilled to be in the beginning stages of a brand new picture book project! (#amwriting while the other one is in the hands of my fabulous agent.) I adore the exhilarating rush of drafting the first words. Developing quirky,yet lovable characters. I love the challenge of creating fun & fresh verbs, chosing spots to mix in a bit of alliteration and similes. For me, those are the joys of writing a PB. 

In the comment section, tell us what you're working on. Do you have a new project? If so, what are you most excited about? Read any fantastic books recently? I'd love to hear all your news! 

Have a WIP-tabulous week, y'all~